Proverbs 8:27
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English Standard Version
When he established the heavens, I was there; when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,

King James Bible
When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth:

American Standard Version
When he established the heavens, I was there: When he set a circle upon the face of the deep,

Douay-Rheims Bible
When he prepared the heavens, I was present: when with a certain law and compass he enclosed the depths:

English Revised Version
When he established the heavens, I was there: when he set a circle upon the face of the deep:

Webster's Bible Translation
When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth:

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

In this sense, Wisdom says that she acts strictly according to justice and rectitude, and adds (21) wherein this her conduct manifests itself. The Piel הלּך expresses firm, constant action; and בּתוך means that she turns from this line of conduct on no side. להנחיל is distinguished from בּהנחיל, as ut possidendam tribuam from possidendam tribuendo; the former denotes the direction of the activity, the latter its nature and manner; both combine if we translate ita ut....

(Note: Biesenthal combines the etymologically obscure הנחיל with נחל: to make to flow into, so that נחל denotes inheritance in contradistinction to acquisition; while נחלה, in contradistinction to ירשּׁה, denotes the inheritance rather of many than of the individual.)

Regarding the origin of ישׁ, vid., at Proverbs 2:7; it denotes the being founded, thus substantia, and appears here, like the word in mediaeval Latin and Romanic (Ital. sustanza, Span. substancia), and like οὐσία and ὕπαρξις (τὰ ὑπάρχοντα) in classic Greek, to denote possessions and goods. But since this use of the word does not elsewhere occur (therefore Hitzig explains ישׁ equals ישׁ לי, I have it equals presto est), and here, where Wisdom speaks, ישׁ connects itself in thought with תּוּשׁיּה, it will at least denote real possession (as we also are wont to call not every kind of property, but only landed property, real possession), such possession as has real worth, and that not according to commercial exchange and price, but according to sound judgment, which applies a higher than the common worldly standard of worth. The Pasek between אהבי and ישׁ is designed to separate the two Jods from each other, and has, as a consequence, for להנחיל אהבי the accentuation with Tarcha and Mercha (vid., Accentssystem, vi. 4; cf. Torath Emeth, p. 17, 3). The carrying forward of the inf. with the finite, 21b, is as Proverbs 1:27; Proverbs 2:2, and quite usual.

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he prepared

Psalm 33:6 By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.

Psalm 103:19 The LORD has prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom rules over all.

Psalm 136:5 To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endures for ever.

Jeremiah 10:12 He has made the earth by his power, he has established the world by his wisdom, and has stretched out the heavens by his discretion.

Colossians 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones...

Hebrews 1:2 Has in these last days spoken to us by his Son, whom he has appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

compass or encircle

Isaiah 40:11,22 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom...

Cross References
Job 26:10
He has inscribed a circle on the face of the waters at the boundary between light and darkness.

Proverbs 3:19
The LORD by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding he established the heavens;

Proverbs 8:26
before he had made the earth with its fields, or the first of the dust of the world.

Proverbs 8:28
when he made firm the skies above, when he established the fountains of the deep,

Isaiah 40:22
It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in;

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